What Is Acne

Acne Explained

What Is Acne?

woman with acneAcne (Or Acne Vulgaris as it is medically known) is an extremely common skin disease that affects the oil glands at the base of the hair follicles.

It is generally experienced during puberty when the sebaceous glands are stimulated by the male hormone testosterone which both males and females produce.

The word Acne (or  ‘Akme’ as it was originally spelt) is Greek in origin and means “spot” or “point”.

Acne doesn’t discriminate – It can affect men and women and persist well into your 20’s, 30’s and beyond.

The pores of our skin are connected to oil glands underneath the skin. These oil glands are connected to our pores through the follicles. The glands secrete an oily fluid known as sebum.

Sebum’s job is to carry the dead skin cells through the follicles to the skin’s surface, when these follicles get blocked this is when the sebum begins to accumulate and spots and pimples begin to form.

While acne can be a ‘phase’ for some individuals, it is quite often a chronic condition that lasts for many years.